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Storm fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen.

The Storm were a point-scoring machine through 2021, with attacking mastermind Jahrome Hughes joining Fantasy's elite.

Their roster changes mostly shouldn't affect their key Fantasy players as another dominant season looms for Craig Bellamy's men.

Big Guns

Hughes starts at a hefty $734k after the best season of his career and will be a popular choice again this year. Cameron Munster ($716k) was less consistent but capable of big scores while Harry Grant ($697k) is an intriguing prospect after playing almost all of 2021 off the bench.

Bargain Hunter

For that reason, Grant could actually be underpriced; regular starting No.9 Brandon Smith has affirmed his future beyond this year at the Roosters so Bellamy may start phasing Grant into an 80-minute role in which case the Maroons star could still be a discounted keeper.

Ryan Papenhuyzen's ($636k) price soared in early 2021 on the back of some huge attacking games but a lengthy concussion lay-off, a return via the bench and a less dynamic close to the season has him starting this year at a very affordable price-point. With Nicho Hynes also having left, the Storm need their gun No.1 firing.

Rule changes: Six-again and in-goal escapes


It's unlikely any of the cheapies on the Storm roster make their way into a best 17 early in the season without a number of injuries but it's worth keeping an eye on former Broncos winger Xavier Coates ($330k). He's well above basement price and not really much of a base stats guy which isn't ideal for Fantasy.

He is, however, a speedster with great attacking instincts moving from a club that really struggled in 2021 to one that racked up 50-plus scores for fun. It's likely Coates benefits and increases his price, but whether it's enough to be worth a buy remains to be seen.

Rule changes: Offloads and tackle breaks

Be Wary

Brandon Smith ($678k) was a popular pick-up in Fantasy last year and rewarded coaches with a try-scoring spree that included eight in eight games through the middle of the year. However with his future elsewhere, it's likely his responsibility is dialled down in 2022 and even if his role doesn't get reduced he will be doing well to maintain the same attacking output. He could also turn into a hard-running big-minute lock in the absence of Dale Finucane, just be aware it's not a risk-free move. 

Storm 2022 NRL Fantasy prices

Jahrome Hughes: HLF, $734,000
Cameron Munster: HLF, $716,000
Harry Grant: HOK, $697,000
Brandon Smith: HOK/MID, $678,000
Ryan Papenhuyzen: WFB, $636,000
Christian Welch: MID, $588,000
Felise Kaufusi: EDG, $555,000
Kenneath Bromwich: EDG, $532,000
Tui Kamikamica: MID, $530,000
Reimis Smith: WFB/CTR, $470,000
Justin Olam: CTR, $462,000
George Jennings: WFB, $443,000
Jesse Bromwich: MID, $430,000
Nick Meaney: WFB, $424,000
Tom Eisenhuth: EDG, $418,000
Trent Loiero: EDG, $400,000
Dean Ieremia: WFB, $336,000
Xavier Coates: WFB, $330,000
Chris Lewis: EDG, $322,000
Josh King: MID, $319,000
Jayden Nikorima: HOK, $300,000
Cooper Johns: HLF, $270,000
Tepai Moeroa: MID, $240,000
Jordan Grant: MID, $240,000
Jack Howarth: EDG, $220,000
Jonah Pezet: HLF, $220,000
William Warbrick: WFB, $220,000
Tyran Wishart: HLF, $220,000

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